North Coast Events

The North Coast of NSW boasts lush hinterland, great surf beaches, and some of the most accessible coastline in Australia, and it's the ideal setting for some of the state’s top events and festivals.

Whether you’re keen to check out the local markets, enjoy food, wine and produce at some of the region’s food festivals, or see some of the top local and international music acts play some of Australia’s best festivals, the North Coasts’ packed events schedule offers something for you.

Just two hours north of Sydney, check out the events on offer in the harbour city of Newcastle, with everything from organic markets to gigs to top surfing events. Just a little further north in Port Stephens, fishing, boating and kid-friendly events are all the rage. The popular holiday towns of Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour boast some fabulous music and sporting events, while Byron Bay and surrounds play host to some of the country’s top festivals.

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  1. Byron Bay International Film Festival

    Friday 14 October to Sunday 23 October 2016, Byron Bay

    2016 will mark Byron Bay's biggest film festival yet as Byron Bay International Film Festival celebrates its tenth festival. The 10th Byron Bay International Film Festival will celebrate the unique...

    14 Oct -23Oct
  2. Slim Dusty Country Music Festival

    Monday 17 October to Sunday 23 October 2016, Kempsey

    Join visitors from all over Australia for the iconic Slim Dusty Country Music Festival, held at the Kempsey Showground. The event continues to grow in its 13th year, and this year's line up includes the...

    17 Oct -23Oct
  3. Chromefest

    Friday 21 October to Sunday 23 October 2016, The Entrance

    ChromeFest is a three day event in tribute to classic American autos, hot rods, rock n roll, and rockabilly. ChromeFest features three days of non-stop free entertainment and displays, over 90 market stalls, dance...

    21 Oct -23Oct
  4. Travelling Film Festival Port Macquarie

    Friday 21 October to Sunday 23 October 2016, Port Macquarie

    Australia's longest running travelling film festival, bringing world cinema to regional Australia, is coming back to Port Macquarie with a program packed full of the best cinema from around the world.Join...

    21 Oct -23Oct
  5. Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival

    Friday 21 October to Sunday 23 October 2016, Dorrigo

    The Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival is rated highly on the festival circuit for folk and bluegrass followers and the program includes some of the best home-grown talent in both folk and bluegrass genres...

    21 Oct -23Oct
  6. Coraki Art Prize

    Friday 21 October to Sunday 23 October 2016, Lismore Area

    The Coraki Art Prize is open to all ages in the Northern Rivers. Friday night opens with an official prize ceremony on October 21, and the exhibition continues until Sunday, October 23.

    21 Oct -23Oct
  7. The Clarence 100

    Friday 21 October to Sunday 23 October 2016, Grafton

    In October, 2015, a group of paddlers came together and undertook the challenge to paddle 100 kilometres down the’ Mighty Clarence River.’ As a result of great feedback and a huge response from others keen to test...

    21 Oct -23Oct
  8. 2016 Newkulele Festival

    Friday 21 October to Sunday 23 October 2016, Newcastle

    The third Bi-Annual Newcastle Ukulele Festival featuring international and local ukulele performances, workshops, market and feature concerts the Newkulele Festival is a must visit for all music lovers!

    21 Oct -23Oct
  9. UON Central Coast Sevens

    Friday 21 October to Sunday 23 October 2016, Wyong

    See some of the very best teams in the world collide at Australia's premier rugby sevens tournament outside the world series. Please visit our website for more details.

    21 Oct -23Oct
  10. Balloon Fiesta

    Saturday 22 October to Sunday 23 October 2016, Pokolbin

    Enjoy a spectacular ballooning adventure, flying with around twenty colourful balloons, then indulge in a delicious champagne breakfast on the deck at Peterson's Champagne House.Balloons will take to the...

    22 Oct -23Oct
  11. Hannam Vale Open Gardens Day

    Sunday 23 October 2016, Forster And Taree Area

    Open from 10am till 4pm there is a great selection of private country gardens for you to peruse at your leisure. Nestled in the Stewarts River valley in the heart of the Three Brother region, Hannam Vale offers you a...

    23 Oct
  12. Lake Munmorah Light the Night

    Sunday 23 October 2016, Wyong

    Every day 35 Australians are diagnosed with blood cancer. You can bring a little light into their lives by supporting a Leukaemia Foundation Light the Night walk. Raise funds and walk with them this October to help...

    23 Oct
  13. An Operatic Afternoon

    Sunday 23 October 2016, The Tweed Area

    Special guests, charismatic singers, soprano Yasmin Ismail and tenor Michael Lapina, bring an afternoon of favourite opera and musical theatre songs to picturesque Tumbulgum Village on the bank of the Tweed River....

    23 Oct
  14. Pokolbin Pride

    Monday 24 October 2016, Pokolbin

    Here’s how it works…Come for one, two, three, four or all five days. Everyday you’ll be welcome to visit any of the Hunter’s fantastic wineries and restaurants. There are free activities, every day,...

    24 Oct
  15. Tweed Fusion

    Monday 24 October to Sunday 30 October 2016, Murwillumbah

    Tweed Fusion offers a program of fabulous events that fuse the creative arts, nature, music and local food, and capture the beauty of the Tweed Valley's natural landscape and the character of the coast and hinterland...

    24 Oct -30Oct
  16. Rose Spectacular at Hunter Valley Gardens

    Monday 24 October to Sunday 13 November 2016, Pokolbin

    Take the opportunity to see Hunter Valley Gardens blooming with millions of blooms, throughout the annual Rose Spectacular. See 35,000 rose bushes in over 125 different varieties. The majority of the roses are grown...

    24 Oct -13Nov
  17. Fantabulous

    Monday 24 October to Monday 31 October 2016, Kempsey

    For the whole month of October, visitors to the Slim Dusty Museum will have the added opportunity of viewing 'Fantabulous', a fabulously fantastic exhibition of ephemera given to Slim over many decades by his many...

    24 Oct -31Oct
  18. Mal's Blues Bar

    Monday 24 October to Sunday 30 October 2016, Yamba

    Yamba Golf and Country Club's back deck becomes a 'blues central' on the last Sunday of every month with Australia's premier electric guitarist Mal Eastick and monthly invitational guest performing....

    24 Oct -30Oct
  19. Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail

    Monday 24 October to Sunday 1 January 2017, Port Macquarie

    50 large scale koala sculptures dot the landscape from the mountains to the sea to create the Hello Koalas Public Art Sculpture Trail.Celebrating one of Australia's iconic animals - the koala - and...

    24 Oct -01Jan
  20. Clarence Valley Country Muster

    Monday 24 October to Sunday 30 October 2016, Grafton

    Calliope, a tiny community north-east of Grafton will come alive during the Jacaranda Festival for the 2016 Clarence Valley Country Muster. The stage is set for the fourth magnificent country music...

    24 Oct -30Oct
  21. Lismore Organic Market

    Tuesday 25 October to Tuesday 27 December 2016, Lismore

    The Lismore Organic Market is a weekly market committed to providing local organic produce, reducing the carbon footprint. Stallholders have travelled an average of 20 kilometres rather than at...

    25 Oct -27Dec
  22. Nimbin Farmers Market

    Wednesday 26 October to Wednesday 16 November 2016, Nimbin

    The Nimbin Farmers' Market is held each Wednesday afternoon from 3pm. A great opportunity to buy fresh produce with very limited food miles, including bread, meat, vegetables, tofu, cheeses, and other seasonal fruit...

    26 Oct -16Nov
  23. Hunter Street Organic Markets

    Wednesday 26 October to Saturday 17 December 2016, Newcastle

    Your organic fix from Wednesday to Saturday every week, is at the Hunter Street Organic Markets. Organic and certified fruit and vegetables, amazing flowers, local arts and crafts, free range produce, grass fed beef,...

    26 Oct -17Dec
  24. Winery Long Lunch at Calais Estate

    Wednesday 26 October to Saturday 3 December 2016, Pokolbin

    Calais Estate has created the unique experience you've been looking for - Winery Long Lunches. This is more than just a winery tour, it's the experience all wine lovers are after!Begin the day with...

    26 Oct -03Dec
  25. Queen Bette

    Wednesday 26 October to Sunday 6 November 2016, Pokolbin

    Bette Davis was one of the most iconic and gifted film actors of the 20th Century.This one‐woman show retraces the remarkable steps of a true movie legend. From fledgling stage actress to an unrivalled...

    26 Oct -06Nov
  26. Grafton Farmers Market

    Thursday 27 October to Thursday 15 December 2016, Grafton

    The Grafton Farmers Market continues to attract new stallholders while still maintaining its core of regulars. The market is held weekly on a Thursday, in the Christ Church Cathedral Op Shop Car Park on the corner of...

    27 Oct -15Dec
  27. Manning the Fort

    Thursday 27 October to Saturday 29 October 2016, Newcastle

    Manning the Fort is a new, site-specific, contemporary theatre production that tells the story of the members of the Australian Women's Army Service, who were stationed at Newcastle's Fort Scratchley in World War Two....

    27 Oct -29Oct
  28. The Secret Farmers Market @ Rudi's

    Thursday 27 October to Thursday 29 June 2017, Taree

    The brilliant Secret Farmers Market at Rudi's operates every Thursday in the grounds of Mentges Meats. Purchase fresh flowers, home grown fruit and vegetables, local honeys, jams and preserves, sauces and fresh brewed...

    27 Oct -29Jun
  29. Rockin' With Elvis Weekend

    Friday 28 October to Sunday 30 October 2016,

    Rockin' With Elvis Weekend brings free live entertainment to rock your socks off! Big Al’s Karaoke and ETA winners: Sheryl Sharkie as ShElvis and Paul Findlayson back by popular demand in concert! See Elvis...

    28 Oct -30Oct

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